Graduation Party Recipes

Looking for graduation party food ideas? Find here appetizer recipes, finger food, cakes, desserts, as well as easy and delicious menu ideas for this big moment.

Staff Picks

Lemon Cake

Rating: 3.54 stars 1804
This cheery lemon cake is perfect for festive occasions. Top it off with our Whipped Frosting that's the perfect light and fluffy complement to this moist cake.

Banana-Blueberry Smoothie

Rating: 3.68 stars 344
Whip up this three-ingredient healthy smoothie recipe with just three ingredients—nonfat plain yogurt, banana, and frozen blueberries. Feel free to substitute the blueberries with any other frozen fruit you like.

Chewy Brownies

What's gooey on the inside, crackly on top, and supremely delicious all over?Our fresh take on this crowd-pleasing dessert. Unsweetened chocolate and brown sugar impart a rich, well-rounded flavor, while adding a bit of oil to the batter results in the addictively chewy texture that makes this version an instant classic.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 3.25 stars 1078
Pull a fast one on the kids: In just 10 minutes, whip up the dough for these sweet, crunchy treats made with whole-wheat flour. Many recipes for baked goods can be tweaked to use equal parts whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, without losing flavor or texture.

Simple Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Rating: 3.28 stars 600
This easy all-purpose yellow cake takes just a bit longer to make than one from a packaged mix, but it's worth it.

Best Coconut Cream Pie

Rating: 3.32 stars 195
This classic coconut cream pie is well worth the time it takes to cook. It'll be one of the best recipes in your repetoire. 

Avocado-Banana Smoothie

Rating: 3.62 stars 530
Try sipping your avocado -- this tropical-tasting avocado smoothie makes a satisfying breakfast or snack.

Red Velvet Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.56 stars 997
What could make traditional red velvet cake even better? Chocolate, of course!

Classic Roasted Salsa

Rating: 3.5 stars 234
Having salsa on hand is a must in summer. This homemade version is so easy, why even bother with store-bought? We love the deep, slightly smoky flavors in this version.

French Fries

Rating: 3.25 stars 113
The secret of delectable fries lies in the frying process. The oil needs to be just the right temperature—too cool, the potatoes will absorb the oil; too hot, the outsides of the potatoes will burn.

Baked Sweet-Potato Chips

Rating: 3.24 stars 1256
A mandoline or a hand-held slicer will quickly turn out thin, even slices of sweet potato, although a sharp knife and a steady hand will also work fine.

Hummingbird Cake

Rating: 3.63 stars 562
Rumor has it, this crowd-pleasing Hummingbird cake got its name because every bite makes you hum with delight.

Inspiration and Ideas

30 Celebratory Recipes Perfect for Your Next Graduation Party
Hats off to you, grad! From crowd-worthy sheet cakes to crowd-pleasing pasta salads, these recipes are perfect for a graduation party.
Rosti Potatoes

Rosti potatoes are a Swiss favorite. Peeled potatoes are grated then formed into a cake in a frying pan.